Acadia University - Division of Research and Graduate Studies

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Political Science

Acadia University - Division of Research and Graduate Studies

Faculty:Research and Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Political Science and Government, General
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $8,422
National: $9,705

This estimate represents the full-time tuition for one year.

Careers:LegislatorsIntelligence OfficersProgram Officers Unique to Government


Acadia?s graduate program in political science fosters a close relationship between graduate students and faculty in order to offer you a flexible and rigorous academic foundation. You will receive comprehensive instruction in the fields of Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory, and will work on an extended research project under the supervision of one or more of our faculty. You will experience rigorous training in the discipline, preparing you to continue your studies at the PhD level. This training also prepares you for work in the public and private sector and in the areas of journalism, advocacy, international development and organization, education, and law.

In Acadia's small and selective political science graduate program you will benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention while having access to faculty with a diverse set of research interests. Many of our students are attracted to the small scale of both Acadia University and the Town of Wolfville - an intimate community located in Nova Scotia?s beautiful Annapolis Valley. With a vibrant cultural scene, a variety of cafes, restaurants, and shops, and great locations for outdoor activities, Wolfville and the surrounding area offer you a welcoming and stimulating home.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    The current effective threshold for admission is a Bachelor of Arts with Honours Degree in Political Science, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the last two years. We occasionally admit candidates with a major in Political Science or degrees in other disciplines or with lower GPAs, however, we may require coursework in Political Science prior to admission to the MA depending upon the actual qualifications of individual candidates (and their equivalence to Political Science). Your application must include: two (2) letters of reference, curriculum vitae, undergraduate university transcript, a sample of your recent written academic work, general statement of your proposed thesis research that includes information on your proposed research topic, and the application fee as required by Acadia University.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      The following must be submitted; three letters of reference, curriculum vitae, undergraduate university transcripts, sample of recent written work (maximum 15 pages, double spaced), and your general statement of proposed thesis research. The written sample should be a minimum of 10 pages. A research essay completed for an upper level undergraduate course is appropriate, but the submitted copy should be free of instructors' marks and comments.
      For all international applicants, a copy of passport (only page 1 and 2) is also required.

      * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on October 31, 2022